The main focus of international cruise ship traffic has, since 2000, moved from South Harbour to Hernesaari, due to the growing size of the ships. Currently, up to 90% of international cruise ship passengers come to Helsinki through the quays in Hernesaari.
Use of Melkki Quay in West Harbour for the cruise ship traffic has ended and it has been replaced with a new quay built at Hernesaari. The new LHD quay is an extension to the previous quays in the area and be mostly intended for use by large cruise ships.
Passenger and crew services can be managed more effectively if the cruise ship quays are located in close proximity to each other. Good tram connections will allow passengers to get to the city centre more easily.
Ongoing and future projects
Construction of a water bus quay
- A water bus quay for transporting international cruise ship passengers is being built at the end of the LHD quay.
- Estimated to be completed in April 2024
General planning of the onshore power system of cruise ship quays
- An onshore power system will be built for the Hernesaari cruise ship quay for international cruise ships, and the work will be started with the general planning of the power network.
- The project is part of the Port of Helsinki’s carbon neutrality programme.
- Funding from the EU’s Coordinated Supply of Onshore Power in Baltic Seaports has been granted for the planning project.
- Completed in June 2023
Increasing the amount of light masts and monitoring cameras at quay LHC
- The Port installes more light masts and monitoring cameras at quay LHC. Comprehensive lightning and monitoring further improves the safety of cruise passengers.
- Completed in 5/2022
A new cruise quay LHD at Hernesaari
- LHD quay in Hernesaari was inaugurated 30 April 2019
- The new quay can receive vessels that are up to 360 metres long